Aw, shucks. I blush for embarrbutting. Forgot to tell you yet another fun thing come my way: I was asked to donate a jar of my prize-winning bread and butter pickles for a State Fair Foundation fundraising shootin' match this Thursday evening. Rob's response was akin to: "Quit giving my pickles away." :-0) I told him to come with me to the thing and buy them -- or at least be a shill to drive the price up. I think he's going to do it. It'd be pretty damned embarrbutting if they didn't fetch $5.
Time? I can make a batch of jelly in a half hour. Bread and butter pickles take a few hours but don't require watching. Jam can be done in about 45 minutes. I mostly like to work at night. Nobody botherin' me. Talent? Thanks. For this Edible Twin Cities thing coming up, I was asked how I come up with some of my combination things. Well, there are certain fruits that go nicely together: Strawberries and bananas. Peaches and raspberries. Peaches and oranges. Raspberries and oranges. Mangoes and the red berries. Blueberries and red berries. If those work, I can probably figure out how to make them spreadable and put them in a jar. :-) I don't usually make more than one batch of stuff. And I like to look at others' combinations in the yuppie goormet shops for inspiration, too. How about horseradish and strawberries? OH, I'M KIDDING!! -- couple pictures added to the 7-29 note on 8-5)